Shane Filan’s autobiography My Side of Life is revealing a LOT of juicy celeb secrets – like that time he got slapped in the face by Louis Walsh!
Shane and the rest of the Westlife lads were auditioning for Simon Cowell but Shane had been out the night before with then-girlfriend (now his wife) Gillian and was feeling a little worse for wear.
After a rather disastrous rendition of a Backstreet Boys’ song, Louis stormed up to Shane, slapped him and said: “What the fu** was that, Shane?! … It was sh**! He didn’t like you!”
It would appear that unlike Louis, Simon didn’t think Shane looked, acted or sang like a pop star…but Louis solved all of that.
Dying his hair blonde, Shane went for another audition, this time impressing the music mogul and signing Westlife to Syco.
Former Westlife star, Shane Filan has opened up about the “dark days” he endured in his new autobiography My Side of Life.
Shane, who suffered well-known money issues spoke about just how bad things got in an extract published in the Mirror: “For the previous five years I’d been leading a double life. We owed £18million and that day the banks had demanded all the money back. So there I was counting out the loose change that I jokingly called the ‘rainy day’ pot. I just broke down and sobbed when I heard.”
The singer says the difference between his life in Westlife and now is stark, as money isn’t as secure as it once was: “Westlife made a huge amount of money. I usually got a seven-figure sum every year. Now I don’t know if I will be okay next year – and it’s a bit scary.”
Shane, who is a dad to three children with his wife Gillian, spoke about the heartache of his children not knowing: “My world was crumbling around me. My three small children – Nicole, Patrick and Shane Jnr – were upstairs in bed thinking everything was grand because Daddy was a pop star. It was the most horrendous time of my life.”
However, the Westlife star, who released an album this time last year, said that Gillian saved him from losing hope: “I was wallowing in despair and could have gone under if not for Gillian. She saved my sanity and she saved us.”
Shane’s dream home in Sligo was valued at for €10million during the Celtic Tiger and sold just recently for €800,000.
He has just recently wrapped up the Asia leg of his You and Me tour.
Our hearts really went out to Shane Filan when Garth Brooks decided to cancel his Irish shows, meaning Shane wouldn’t get to support him. He was just so excited about the concerts, his big break just swept away! How could he do that to our favourite Sligo man?
Well, Shane must be really down in the dumps this week, as it’s been revealed that he’s had to agree to sell his Sligo mansion at almost €200,000 below the asking price.
Granted, he’s still getting €800,000 for his lovely abode, but considering he was offered €10 million for it back in the boom, and it cost him €3 million to build, that’s gotta hurt.
Shane Filan confirmed on Twitter last night that he will be supporting Garth Brooks in Croke Park this July.
This news has thankfully put rumours to rest about the country western singer having to cancel the five night show.
While Shane’s Westlife past means he is no stranger to big stadium gigs, this is a huge step for him in his solo career.
That stage is going to look a whole lot bigger when he’s up there on his own though!